Toothbrush safety Tips during COVID-19
COVID-19 or Corona virus is a new disease that has spread across the world, killing thousands of people. Though COVID-19 spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, it also spreads through contaminated surfaces and even your tooth brush.
A person who is infected with COVID-19 or corona virus ends up transmitting this virus on to their toothbrush. And if this toothbrush is placed in the same holder as other toothbrushes- there is a high risk of spreading the virus to other people in your home. Since not everyone is symptomatic, it is essential to observe toothbrush safety and hygiene.
Below are some Toothbrush safety tips from Dr. Garima Sinha:
Isolate your tooth brush too!
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are exposed to the virus – it is essential to store your tooth brush separately. Keep it upright in an isolated place so that no one can come in contact with it.
Wash your hands before brushing or flossing
Before brushing or flossing – or in fact, before using anything at all, it is essential to wash or sanitize your hands. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands after brushing/flossing too!
ALWAYS disinfect your tooth brush
Do you know that COVID-19 virus can survive for at least 2-3 days on plastic? It is therefore very essential to disinfect your tooth brush- especially the handle.
Get your own tooth paste
If sharing a tooth paste with others, do not let the tube touch the brush. Ideally, it is suggested to have your own tooth paste.
Throw away your tooth brush
Last, but not the least – Dispose your tooth brush and other disposables following the protocols of COVID-19 health-care waste management.